Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a super day. It’s been a proper spring day here in the northeast of England. The pollen count is pretty high and I would imagine that those who suffer from hay fever are suffering today. I used to suffer from hay fever but somehow it seems to have all but disappeared. Who knew that would happen!

So, let’s see what’s been going on in happy stitcher land. Well last evening I carried on hand quilting my Dresden Neighbourhood quilt …..



It seems to be taking forever to stabilise the centre but I didn’t give up. I’m hoping to finish the centre this evening and then I will have to decide what to do with the rest. I’m looking for texture so I think I’ll stitch some geometric shapes around the Dresden. I’m going to keep it simple. I have discovered that when we make something too complicated we sometimes turn a project into a UFO. I don’t want to add this Dresden to the UFO pile.

As I sit in front of my laptop looking out the window this afternoon, I notice that the garden shrubs and plants are coming on a treat. My little trees are lush with fresh leaves and my shrubs are growing bushy again. It seems last week it was cold and nothing was growing yet. A few days of sunshine and everything looks and feels very different.

I seem to be more enthusiastic about creating these last few weeks. I have new ideas for projects and my colour choices are changing. I’m not sure why this transformation is taking place but I think it’s all good. So, in view of my changing tastes in colour palette I decided to treat myself to a collection of thread …..



My postman attempted to deliver said threads yesterday while I was out so I went to collect them from the post office this morning. I spent ages just looking at them and trying to choose what colour fabrics to use in my next project. Receiving these thread spools has inspired me. I’m quite excited about starting to design something new. I feel the need to pull my sketchpad and pencil out to get started.

It’s a bank holiday weekend there in England. Monday is the holiday. And the weatherman has promised reasonable weather. I think it will be a good weekend to work in the garden. So, when I’ve tidied a part of the garden I’ll treat myself to a little drawing session. I’m quite sure I’ll find enough inspiration in the garden to design a whole quilt project.

I guess that’s my report for today. I’ve had a brilliant week. And it looks like it’s going to be a great weekend as well. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you enjoy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x


  1. Hey there! You just popped up on my screen, how wonderful….what a difference the stitching makes to the piece, it jumps up from the cotton. Really more interesting, too. Take your drawing outside, be inspired by nature, the new fresh greens, the yellow and turquoise are to die for, bright and beautiful.. Bushes, branches, little bunches of stuff and such, have fun! Funny, after my divorce all manner of ailments left me, I am laughing out loud reading what you said, new energy, new person, new colors for the brain, you see so differently, don’t you? Live, love and see on line the RHS listing of info and garden openings and shows. Enjoy the weekend and tell us what you did.
    Hugs, Joanna. x


    1. Hi Joanna, I never even imagined that divorce would influence the recent changes that have occurred in me but you could very well be right. I laugh more freely and I don’t have that feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach anymore. I create without fear of being ridiculed. Freedom is so very sweet indeed. I fancy going to the beach to draw. The RHS ope gardens should be starting soon but the garden growth is a couple of weeks late due to the snow we received quite late in the season. It’s going to be a great weekend in my little world. I hope you have a good one too x


  2. I know what you mean about making something complicated & then becoming a UFO, as I’ve a few from the past. Maybe once our visitor has gone, I’ll upend the said tub & see what I can finish. I think our colour tastes change with age, what current trends turn up on the market & how our moods fluctuate & maybe even the seasons. Go with the flow of what you are feeling like at the moment. I’ve had many surprises over the years with both colour & design. I’ve so many designs on graph paper & my quilt design program, that sometimes I struggle to work out what I want to do next. The baby quilt for my doctor has binding which I’ll start handsewing & have now pulled fabric from the stash & will start working on that through the week, plus put another top on the big machine. Whoops, how come I’ve written that much. Sorry. Enjoy the long weekend & take care.


    1. Hi Susan, I’m quite pleased you wrote a nice long comment. You listing your jobs is a sign that I’m in good company. Like you I have jobs of all sizes and description that need doing. Have a great weekend. I hope the weather is kind to you x


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